Our facilitators and volunteers see first-hand the devastating impact of inequality on which our country’s social, education, health care and justice systems are built, and the profound affect it has on every child we serve, a majority of whom are black or brown.
For more than 30 years, our organization has quietly served marginalized kids experiencing homelessness throughout the Bay Area. But recent events demand a response lest we be complicit in silence.
DrawBridge stands in solidarity and support of Black Lives Matter and condemns the sustained, violent assaults on our communities of color – most recently illuminated by the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery but enabled for generations through systematic corruption and institutional racism. We support the spirit of protest sweeping through our country and condemn the intimidation and assault of peaceful, law-abiding Americans by militaristic forces. As a country, we must do better.
DrawBridge art groups are, by design, places of respite and community for too many kids struggling through circumstances they have not created. We remain committed to the connections we’ve nurtured in underserved Bay Area communities. And we commit to doing more – to expanding our ability to serve families in need; to diversifying our board; to doing business only with community-based and financial institutions that align with our values; and most of all, to listening.
Today, we add our voice to the many others actively supporting change and social justice for all.